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Year Published: 2020

Time-series model, statistical methods, and software documentation for R–QWTREND—An R package for analyzing trends in stream-water quality

As part of a U.S. Geological Survey water-quality study started in 2018, in cooperation with the International Joint Commission, North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a publicly available software package called R–QWTREND was developed for analyzing trends in stream-water quality. The R–QWTREND...

Vecchia, Aldo V.; Nustad, Rochelle A.
Vecchia, A.V., and Nustad, R.A., 2020, Time-series model, statistical methods, and software documentation for R–QWTREND—An R package for analyzing trends in stream-water quality: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1014, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201014.

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Inventory and analysis of groundwater resources: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Industrial and commercial developments in western North Dakota potentially could affect the sources of water that contribute to wells, spring flow, and seeps within Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Without basic water resources data, accurately predicting the effects of water withdrawals and water quality concerns related to industrial and...

Eldridge, William G.; Medler, Colton J.
Eldridge, W.G., and Medler, C.J., 2020, Inventory and analysis of groundwater resources: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota: National Park Service Natural Resource Report NPS/THRO/NRR-2020/2124, 125 p., https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2274028

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Characterization of surface-water and groundwater quality on the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, 2014–17

The Fort Berthold Reservation is in west-central North Dakota and home to the Three Affiliated Tribes. The primary water-resources concerns on the Fort Berthold Reservation are associated with the different types of land uses from agricultural activities and the rapid development of oil and gas resources in western North Dakota. The Three...

Lundgren, Robert F.; Iorio, Mary J.
Lundgren, R.F., and Iorio, M.J., 2020, Characterization of surface-water and groundwater quality on the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, 2014–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5020, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205020.

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Stormwater quality of infrastructure elements in Rapid City, South Dakota, 2016–18

As runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building roofs), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment, and other contaminants that can adversely affect water quality if the runoff discharge remains untreated. Pathogens, commonly measured using fecal indicator bacteria such as Escherichia coli,...

Hoogestraat, Galen K.
Hoogestraat, G.K., 2020, Stormwater quality of infrastructure elements in Rapid City, South Dakota, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5004, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205004.

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Water-balance techniques for determining available soil-water storage for selected sandy and clay soil study sites in Cass County, North Dakota, 2016–17

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, collected field and remotely sensed data on precipitation, evapotranspiration (ET), and soil-water content to determine available soil-water storage (AWS) at six study sites on sandy and clay soils in Cass County, North Dakota...

Vining, Kevin C.
Vining, K.C., 2020, Water-balance techniques for determining available soil-water storage for selected sandy and clay soil study sites in Cass County, North Dakota, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5141, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195141.

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Year Published: 2019

Groundwater characterization of the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Jewel Cave National Monument in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota has more than 200 miles of mapped cave passages and several subterranean lakes that have been discovered since 2015. Jewel Cave is one of the world’s longest known caves and its natural beauty and unique natural cave features led U.S. President Theodore...

Valder, Joshua F.; Carter, Janet M.; Wiles, Michael E.; Heimel, Sierra M.
Valder, J.F., Carter, J.M., Wiles, M.E., and Heimel, S.M., 2019, Groundwater characterization of the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3072, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193072.

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Groundwater-flow model and analysis of groundwater and surface-water interactions for the Big Sioux aquifer, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The city of Sioux Falls, in southeastern South Dakota, is the largest city in South Dakota. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the city of Sioux Falls, completed a groundwater-flow model to use for improving the understanding of groundwater-flow processes, estimating hydrogeologic properties, and analyzing groundwater and...

Davis, Kyle W.; Eldridge, William G.; Valder, Joshua F.; Valseth, Kristen J.
Davis, K.W., Eldridge, W.G., Valder, J.F., and Valseth, K.J., 2019, Groundwater-flow model and analysis of groundwater and surface-water interactions for the Big Sioux aquifer, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5117, 86 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195117.

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Analytical framework to estimate water use associated with continuous oil and gas development

An analytical framework was designed to estimate water use associated with continuous oil and gas (COG) development in support of the U.S. Geological Survey Water Availability and Use Science Program. This framework was developed to better understand the relation between the production of COG resources for energy and the amount of water needed to...

Valder, Joshua F.; McShane, Ryan R.; Barnhart, Theodore B.; Wheeling, Spencer L.; Carter, Janet M.; Macek-Rowland, Kathleen M. ; Delzer, Gregory C.; Thamke, Joanna N.
Valder, J.F., McShane, R.R., Barnhart, T.B., Wheeling, S.L., Carter, J.M., Macek-Rowland, K.M., Delzer, G.C., and Thamke, J.N., 2019, Analytical framework to estimate water use associated with continuous oil and gas development: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5100, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195100.

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Generalized potentiometric-surface map and groundwater flow directions in the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

A generalized potentiometric-surface map of the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument was constructed using water levels measured from calendar years 1988 to 2019 in 24 groundwater wells and 4 subterranean cave lakes interpreted to be in hydraulic connection with the aquifer. The map indicated that groundwater near Jewel Cave National...

Anderson, Todd M.; Eldridge, William G.; Valder, Joshua F.; Wiles, Michael E.
Anderson, T.M., Eldridge, W.G., Valder, J.F., and Wiles, M., 2019, Generalized potentiometric-surface map and groundwater flow directions in the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5098, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195098.

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Streamflow gains and losses in New Fork and Green Rivers, upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, Wyoming, October 2015

The Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative is a program created to implement a long-term, science-based program of assessing natural resources while facilitating responsible energy and other development and does studies in much of southwestern Wyoming, including all or parts of Lincoln, Sublette, Fremont, Sweetwater, and Carbon Counties. A...

Eddy-Miller, Cheryl A.; Davidson, Seth L.; Wheeler, Jerrod D.; Davis, Sarah J.; Stephens, J. Brooks; Campbell, James R.
Eddy-Miller, C.A., Davidson, S.L., Wheeler, J.D., Davis, S.J., Stephens, J.B., and Campbell, J.C., 2019, Streamflow gains and losses in New Fork and Green Rivers, upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, Wyoming, October 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5081, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195081.

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Hydraulic conductivity estimates from slug tests in the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Hydraulic conductivity estimates were made for 15 observation wells using slug-out (rising-head) tests in the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as part of a cooperative study with the City of Sioux Falls to characterize the hydrogeology and the extent of the Big Sioux aquifer north of the city. Well and aquifer data were collected...

Eldridge, William G.; Medler, Colton J.
Eldridge, W.G., and Medler, C.J., 2019, Hydraulic conductivity estimates from slug tests in the Big Sioux Aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5013, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195013.

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Water-balance modeling of selected lakes for evaluating viability as long-term fisheries in Kidder, Logan, and Stutsman Counties, North Dakota

Water levels in lakes and wetlands in the central North Dakota Missouri Coteau region that were either dry or only sporadically held water since before the 1930s have been rising since the early 1990s in response to an extended wet period. The lakes have remained full since the mid-1990s, which has provided benefits to migratory waterfowl,...

Lundgren, Robert F.; York, Benjamin C. ; Stroh, Nathan A. ; Vecchia, Aldo V.
Lundgren, R.F., York, B.C., Stroh, N.A., and Vecchia, A.V., 2019, Water-balance modeling of selected lakes for evaluating viability as long-term fisheries in Kidder, Logan, and Stutsman Counties, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5007, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195007.